Community Gardens Development

Training Series

Community Gardens Development Training (CGDT) provides community residents with technical assistance, leadership training, horticulture education and start-up materials. This training ultimately helps to carry out the mission of the Civic Garden Center, extending the impact to a broad number of people in Cincinnati. This class is also a great resource for folks interested in becoming involved in an existing community garden or vegetable gardening at home. These classes are free of charge! Many classes are hands-on workshops. CGDT is sponsored in part by the Meshewa Farm Foundation.  For information on 2019 CGDT classes contact  Click here to complete an application for the series..



Gardening with Deer

Tuesday, May 21st, 6-8pm
Instructor: Greg Torres, CGC Horticulturist
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)
It’s one of the most frequently asked horticultural questions asked at the Civic Garden Center: How do you garden with the deer? To that end, Gardening with Deer addresses this question in a comprehensive way. First by understanding the creature’s biology and habits we can develop effective strategies to defend our gardens. We will then take a look at the impact deer have on our gardens and the local ecology. Lastly, we will discuss several strategies for defending against deer and native plant selections that resist deer herbivory. To register, click here.

Gifts from the Beehive

Saturday, May 25th, 10am-12pm
Instructor: Carisa Hund-Bunten
Cost: $20  Class is limited to 20 attendees
Gifts from the Hive Apothecary Kit- Using gifts from the hive such as honey, beeswax, and other natural treasures participants will make and take their very own hive inspired apothecary kit. Following an introductory level factoid session about beeswax and honey, participants will make and take a pure beeswax candle, a botanically infused honey, and a healing beeswax gardener’s salve. This is a great way to celebrate the almighty bee, enjoy the Civic Garden Center’s observation hive and maybe even learn a new fact, trick of the trade or recipe! To register, click here.



Year of Living Sustainably Series: Transportation

Wednesday, June 19, 6:30-8 pm
Instructor: Liz Congleton, City of Cincinnati Office of Environment and Sustainability
Cost: Free. Registrations required, call 513-221-0981.

Summer vacation has you day-dreaming about where you want to go, and we’re here to help you figure out how you to get there. In June we’ll be exploring green options for getting around, whether you’re planning a stay-cation or headed for an exotic destination. This conversation is part of an on-going 12-month series as part of the ‘Year of Living Sustainably’ campaign. Join us every month for discussion, tips, and resources on how to green your lifestyle. All are welcome!

Worm Bin Workshop

Thursday, June 13th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Instructor: Jenny Lohmann, Hamilton County Recycling & Solid Waste District
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers, children free with paying adult)

Worm bins are a great way to compost food and vegetable scraps year round! At this workshop you will learn how to set up your own DIY indoor composter, turn your food scraps into valuable fertilizer, harvest vermicompost, and separate worms for future use. If you’d like to purchase and assemble a bin of your own, we have a limited supply of red wiggler worms available for $20. Purchase these while registering. Worms must be ordered ahead of time. If you plan to make and take a worm bin, your order needs to be made no later than May 13th. To register, click here.


Rain Barrel Workshop

Monday, June 17th, 6-8pm
Instructor: Kate Cook, Carriage House Farm

  • Cost Option 1:  $65 (includes 1 barrel)
  • Cost Option 2:  $80 (attendee can bring 1 person with them, includes 1 barrel)

Location: Rhinegeist Brewery (1910 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202)

Interested in rainwater harvesting? Join the Civic Garden Center & Carriage House Farm for our first collaborative Rain Barrel Workshop at Rhinegeist this Earth Day! Using 55-gallon, heavy duty, recycled food grade drums donated by Rhinegeist, participants will learn how to make their own rain barrel to take home with them, all supplies provided. These barrels are approximately 24 inches wide and 36 inches tall, so participants should make sure to bring a vehicle that can transport the barrel home. Pre-registration is required. $65 for both the class & barrel (& supplies). Space is limited, register early! To register, click here.


Creative Mindfulness

Saturday, July 6th, 10am-12pm
Instructor: Amy Tuttle, Imago
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)  Class is limited to 15 attendees
Spring is here and we’re busy, busy with garden planning and outdoor adventures! Join us for a lovely creative and reflective workshop in the gardens. We’ll enjoy a little self-care at a Saturday. To register, click here.


Master Composter Series

Prerequisite: Successful passage of pre-test (knowledge available during one of Civic Garden Center’s Basic Composting classes or Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District class)
Dates: August 1, 8, 15, 22, 9 am-3:30 pm
Cost: $45 per participant
Class size is limited to 30 attenddees . Registration is required.
Calling all garden gurus and environmental enthusiasts! Ready to get down and dirty? Enroll in our intensive Master Composter Training. You’ll learn the details of soil science, a variety of composting methods, and how to share your knowledge with our local community. 10 hours of classroom instruction will be complemented by 10 hours of field study, exposing participants to the vast wealth of composting resources in our area. Certificates will be awarded upon completion of 30 volunteer hours working in community gardens and education programs. Don’t miss your chance to join this unique opportunity. Spaces are limited and interested participants must submit proof of basic composting knowledge via a pre-test before they are considered for enrollment. To register, click here.